posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 01:25 AM
Thank you for this thread. After the last few days, part of me is actually rooting for some apocalypse on Dec. 21. I'm loosing what little hope for
humanity that I had left.
Of course, first you have the tragedy itself. As if senseless violence isn't bad enough, to see it happen to little children.... Our primal
instincts are supposed to kick in. We're supposed to protect them, love and nurture them. Not slaughter them.
But, this 'shocked, saddened' world can't stop there. We swoop down on this tragedy like vultures. Even the best meaning of us feel our right to
know trumps an entire community's anguish. We poke, prod, and pick every scrap of meat off the carcus. It's easy to blame the press. And yes,
they are the ones physically doing the actions, but why? Because they have to make money. And they make money feeding us. If our nausea over their
actions would outweigh our morbid curiosity, there would be repercussions. Enough of us would refuse to watch, complain, or turn to more sensitive
sources. If they saw their revenue drop, they would change their tactics, but as long as we feed them, they'll feed us. I was impressed by NPR.
They were very careful in what and how they released information. Yet their audience tends to be among the smallest.
Instead we tune in to small children recounting terror, capture the images of families in profound grief, read the few words the 78 year old
grandmother of the shooter and mother of one of the victims can shakily get out when hounded by the press. We learn that the father of the shooter
discovers his life has been shattered by press ambush. We spread images of the brother/son who learns via facebook by being wrongly accused and is
quickly cuffed and hauled off to a police station.
Now that we have investigated the carcus, we feel fully justified to smear our own thoughts all over it. We all carefully say how saddened we are
before ramming our agenda or pet conspiracy down someone's throat however, so that's supposed to make it ok.
I was ready to launch into a rage when I heard the spoof news outfit 'The Onion' had already done an article. What a sad comment on our society
that they had some of the best pieces about the event. The first article contains quite a bit of foul language, but conveys quite well, a nation
absolutely shocked and dismayed at the condition of humanity. The second mocked the press by quoting a numbed society so used to these tactics, they
have the "timeline of events" down pat - everything from when old acquaintances would be interviewed to when calls for gun control would start.
Another reported that it's perfectly fine to curl up in a little ball under your desk for the rest of the day and even helpfully suggests pulling
your knees up to your chest and rocking may help. Meanwhile, the "real" news continues exploiting every detail, the grizzlier, the better.
And even here, a good rational plea for decency is 3 pages long after almost 2 full days. How many of the other threads are under a dozen after a
We, as a society, have to relearn how to be decent humans again. It's ok, even natural to feel shock and outrage. It's a good instinct to want to
make changes so this does not happen over and over again. But instead of outrage for a day or two where you yell at politicians to fix it, why don't
you invest a little of yourself? How about taking a moment when you see a kid from your neighborhood looking for trouble and try to steer him away
from it, let him know it's not ok. Then, be a nosy neighbor, tell his parents. If you see the awkward kid with the deadbeat Dad, include them in
something you're doing with your family. If you see someone withdrawing from society, try to find out why. Even if you can only help by being
someone to vent to, knowing someone cares can go a long way. And if that's too much, notice your waitress is busy before getting mad your coffee cup
is empty for a minute or two. Actually look your cashier in the eyes and say "How's your day going? Looks like you've been really busy," instead
of making exaggerated sighs waiting for your turn. Smile at a complete stranger, it may be the only friendly face that person sees all day.
Society is so damaged, in so many ways. We need people that are willing to give an actual crap for a lot longer than a few days after a tragedy.
Or we can pray for Armageddon on Dec. 21. Your choice.
I'll climb back off my high horse now and go back to lurking here, I just had to get that off my chest.